Master of Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Nanoengineering

What is Nanoscience and Nanotechnology?

The word Nanoscience refers to the study, manipulation and engineering of matter, particles and structures on the nanometer scale (one millionth of a millimeter, the scale of atoms and molecules). Important properties of materials, such as the electrical, optical, thermal and mechanical properties, are determined by the way molecules and atoms assemble on the nanoscale into larger structures. Moreover, in nanometer size structures these properties are often different then on macroscale, because quantum mechanical effects become important.

Nanotechnology is the application of nanoscience leading to the use of new nanomaterials and nanosize components in useful products. Nanotechnology will eventually provide us with the ability to design custom-made materials and products with new enhanced properties, new nanoelectronics components, new types of “smart” medicines and sensors, and even interfaces between electronics and biological systems…

These newborn scientific disciplines are situated at the interface between physics, chemistry, materials science, microelectronics, biochemistry, and biotechnology. Control of these disciplines therefore requires an academic and multidisciplinary scientific education.

Why Study Nanoscience and Nanotechnology?

Nanoscience and nanotechnology are at the forefront of modern research. The fast growing economy in this area requires experts who have an outstanding knowledge of nanoscience in combination with the skills to apply this knowledge in new products. A multidisciplinary scientific education is crucial to provide industry and research institutes with top quality experts who have a generic background in the different subdisciplines such as electronics, physics, chemistry, material science, biotechnology, and at the same time be experts in one particular field. This is what is offered in this master programme.

Why Study Nano at KU Leuven ?

At K.U.Leuven the program runs over the disciplines of three contributing Faculties:

  • Science: Departments of Physics and Chemistry
  • Engineering: Departments of Electrical Engineering and Material Science
  • Bioscience Engineering

The program at KU Leuven is strongly research-oriented. K.U.Leuven has a strong research component in the areas of nanoscience,nanotechnology,nanomaterials, nanoelectronics and bionanotechnology. The research in this area is done in the research groups of the three faculties at K.U.Leuven. Moreover there is a strong interaction with the world-leading nanotechnology research institute IMEC, which is Europe’s largest independent research center in nano-electronics and nano-technology, headquartered in Leuven on the same campus of the KU Leuven. Part of the teaching staff is related to IMEC, bringing a strong component in the area of nanoelectronics.  The research groups at K.U.Leuven and at IMEC are recognized worldwide in this field. During your master thesis, you will have the opportunity to work in the exciting research programs of these institutes.

IMEC has research programs spanning the range of academic research and industrial research with important industrial players. Important research topics are spintronics, nanoelectronic materials and fabrication methods, bionanosystems, nanofluidics, nanometrology, nanophotonics and nanolithography.

Both IMEC and KU Leuven provide access to world-class infrastructure for nanotechnology research and development as well as opportunities for graduating students to continue their studies with a PhD. This strong link between education and research ensures a contemporary program at the cutting edge of state-of-the-art research.

Tuition fee

The tuiting fee for this Master is 890 Euro per academic year for EU-students and 6000 Euro per academic year for non-EU students. A limited number of tuition fee waivers for non-EU students are available.


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So how does it work, nano?

In the Master of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, you will learn the basics of physics, biology, and chemistry on the nanometer scale, supplemented by courses on technology and engineering to promote an understanding of practical applications. Moreover in the program you will also be able to specialize in a certain area of nanoscience and nanotechnology. The courses are taught in English.

The combination of a solid multi-disciplinary scientific basis and an individual high level specialization in a certain area of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology is the philosophy of the master program.

The MSc program nano is offered jointly by three faculties:

Faculty of Engineering

Faculty of Bio-Engineering

Faculty of Sciences



When successfully finished these studies, one is awarded the title of Master of Science (M.Sc) in Engineering.

Master Programme

Find out about the details of the programme of the Master by clicking here. Information about the Dutch master can be found here.

Admission criteria

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How to Apply

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Students about Nano

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Here you can find an electronic copy of the Kuleuven nanotechnology brochure!



Factsheet Nano

  • 2 year master
  • Location: Leuven, Belgium
  • 120 ECTS (incl. 24 thesis)
  • Specializations in

     - Nanomaterials and nanochemistry

     - Nanoelectronic design

     - Nanodevices and nanophysics

     - Bio-nanotechnology

  • Attractive tuition fee
  • Language: English
  • Start: Late September
  • Application Deadline: March 1st for international students, June 1st for local students.

Admission criteria

Admitted are Bachelors in

  • Engineering (Electrical, Chemical, Biological, Materials, a.o.)
  • Bio-Engineering
  • Sciences (Physics, Chemics)

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